The Simpsons to stop white actors voicing non-white characters

Adrian Ovalle

The Simpsons is ending making use of white actors to voice black and ethnic minority characters, manufacturers have actually stated.

The relocation follows years of debate about the concern and requires higher variety within the show business.

It likewise comes versus a background of increased stress in the United States about bigotry, following mass demonstrations over the killing of black Americans by authorities, stimulated by the death of George Floyd

Hank Azaria validated in January he would no longer carry out the role of Apu

In a declaration, the Fox network, which relays the show, stated: “Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters.”

The Simpsons, which has actually been on the air because 1989 and is syndicated in more than 100 countries, had actually dealt with public pressure for many years over for having Hank Azaria, who is white, voicing Indian storekeeper Apu.

Azaria stated in January he would no longer carry out the role, which had actually been criticised for enhancing racial stereotypes.

He has actually likewise voiced the Simpsons characters of black policeman Lou and the Mexican-American Bumblebee Male.

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It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Person for 20 years. I like this character, however individuals of color need to play characters of color. I will be stepping down from the role.

— Mike Henry (@mikehenrybro)June 26, 2020

Another white star – Harry Shearer – voiced the character of Dr Hibbert, who is black.

The Simpsons statement followed comparable actions by another popular animated show.

Mike Henry, a white star, who had actually provided his voice to Family Person character Cleveland Brown because 1999, stated on Twitter he was stepping down.

He stated: “It’s been an honour to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. I love this character, but persons of colour should play characters of colour. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role.”

Previously today Frozen star Kristen Bell exposed she too would no longer be providing her voice to a non-white character in Apple TELEVISION+ funny Central Park.

In a declaration on Instagram, Bell stated her playing Molly, a combined-race character, “shows a lack of awareness of my pervasive privilege”.

And starlet Jenny Slate revealed she will no longer voice a black character in the animated series Big Mouth, stating her taking the role was “engaging in an act of erasure of black people”.

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